Articles in Honors

Albany Business Review’s “40 Under 40” Includes Several Rensselaer Graduates

Alumni and alumnae architects, entrepreneurs, developers, and educators recognized

40 under 40

Five Rensselaer graduates have been recognized in the 2015 class of “40 Under 40,” which was announced by the Albany Business Review March 4. The Institute congratulates the following alumni and alumnae: Christopher Borst, M.S. ’99 and Ph.D. ’00, chemical engineering, Associate vice president for G450C technical operations and associate professor of nanoengineering at SUNY… Read More

Admiral Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, To Address Rensselaer Graduates at 209th Commencement

Additional Commencement honorands include Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Craig Mundie, and David M. Rubenstein

Admiral Howard

Admiral Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, will address graduates on May 30 at the 209th Commencement Ceremony of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Howard will receive an honorary degree at the ceremony, along with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Craig Mundie, and David M. Rubenstein. “Each of our 2015 honorands—Admiral Michelle Howard; filmmaker, cultural critic, and… Read More

John Tichy Receives Hersey Award for the Advancement of Science and Engineering of Tribology

Mayo D. Hersey Award honors distinguished contributions to lubrication science and technology

John Tichy

John Tichy, professor and former head of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, has received the Mayo D. Hersey Award from the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME). This award, presented annually since 1965 by the ASME, recognizes distinguished and continued contributions related to lubrication science and engineering in the name of Mayo… Read More

Rensselaer Team Wins NSF Grant To Develop Geo Explorer Game for Geotechnical Site Investigations

Mixed-reality game will enable students to conduct virtual site inspections

Geo Explorers

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year $650,000 grant to two Rensselaer professors to develop Geo Explorer, a game that will allow engineering students to inspect, design, and test flood protection systems virtually. The education grant was awarded to Tarek Abdoun, the Thomas Iovino chaired professor in civil and environmental engineering, and Victoria Bennett,… Read More

Region Selected as Finalist in Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge

Albany/Schenectady/Troy submission one of 12 national finalists in the running to receive up to $1 million for public art project

Breathing Lights

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced that the entry jointly submitted by the cities of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy has been selected as a finalist in the running to receive up to $1 million as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, a new program aimed at supporting temporary public art projects that engage communities, enhance… Read More

Professor Leo Q. Wan Wins NIH New Innovator Award

$2.4 million award will support research in left-right asymmetry of the cell in embryonic development

Leo Wan

Leo Q. Wan, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has won a five-year, $2.4 million New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support his pioneering research in left-right asymmetry of the cell in embryonic development. This prestigious award is reserved for early-stage investigators who propose highly innovative approaches to major challenges in… Read More

Lirong Xia Receives NSF CAREER Award

Research improves online tools for decision making, allocation of resources, and recommendations

Computer scientist and social choice expert Lirong Xia, an assistant professor of computer science, has won a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Information & Intelligent Systems. “We congratulate Lirong for this recognition of his potential as a young researcher at Rensselaer,” said Curt Breneman, dean… Read More

Use of Transplanted Regulatory T Cells Could Provide Relief for Inflammatory Diseases

Rensselaer/Texas A&M research team receives $2 million NIH grant for microbiome systems biology research


With a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a team of researchers—including professor Juergen Hahn—will investigate the potential of using transplanted regulatory T cells (Tregs) to reduce inflammation in diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, which currently has no known viable treatment options. “The challenge is that the transplanted cells are not… Read More

Lally Hosts Fourth Annual Business Model Competition

Nine Rensselaer student entrepreneur teams competed for $15,000 in prizes and in-kind services


To transform a good idea into a great product, service, or solution requires many factors, including the right environment to foster that growth. To support this endeavor, the Lally School of Management hosted its fourth annual business model competition for undergraduate and graduate students on Feb. 25. Nine student teams pitched their product or software… Read More

Evan Douglis To Receive Prestigious Cooper Union Alumni Association Award

The John Q. Hejduk Award honors contributions to theory, teaching, and/or practice of architecture

Evan Douglis

Dean of Architecture Evan Douglis is among four individuals to be honored by the Cooper Union Alumni Association at their Founder’s Day Celebration on April 26, 2015. Douglis will be presented with the John Q. Hejduk Award, given to a graduate of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture who has made an outstanding contribution… Read More